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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center is the Silicon Valley center affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, FPMT.  We are located in Campbell, California.


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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by David Gray
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Tibetan Buddhism, Zen, and Dzogchen with Professor David Gray Monday, December 16, 2013 7:00pm - 8:30pm Join us for an evening with Professor David Gray. We will talk about the history of religious interactions between China and Tibet, culminating in the fascinating Samye debate between Kamalashila and Dharma Master Mo-he-yen. We will discuss the impact this had on Tibetan Buddhism, most notably on the Dzogchen and sutra-based Mahamudra contemplative traditions. David Gray is an Associate...
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Discovering Buddhism: Refuge in the Three Jewels with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm October 21 – November 18, 2014 (5 classes) What makes someone a Buddhist? A Buddhist is a person who takes refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha — the "Three Jewels."  Find out more about the Three Jewels, what taking refuge actually means, and why the Three Jewels are suitable objects of refuge.  We will also explore the essential practices of refuge.
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The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination — The Wheel of Life with Emily Hsu Sunday, November 1, 2020 9:30am – 12:30pm Why are we in our current situation? How did we get here, and where are we going? In this class on the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, we will discuss the Wheel of Life, what samsara is, how we become trapped in and perpetuate the cycle of suffering, and how to become free once and for all.
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Ven. Robina Courtin
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Weekend Retreat: Finding Freedom and Ultimate Happiness with Ven. Robina Courtin Saturday, August 3 Sunday, August 4 10:00am – 5:00pm As His Holiness Dalai Lama says "all human beings have an innate desire to be happy and overcome suffering."   Isn't that the truth?  Join us to hear teachings on how to find this ultimate freedom and happiness for your life and to benefit others.   The weekend will consist of teachings, meditation and time for group discussions.   Ven. Robina's...
Topic: dharma
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by Don Isaacson
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Buddhism in a Nutshell with Don Isaacson Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm January 25 – February 15, 2021 ​(4 classes) Are you interested in Buddhism but don't know where to begin? Have you heard words like dharma and karma and samsara thrown around and wondered what they mean or why they matter?  Would you like a quick overview of Buddhism without making a long-term commitment?  This is the course for you! This course provides a general presentation of basic Buddhist concepts and practices...
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by Ven Robina Courtin
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Karma and Emptiness — How to Loosen the Grip of Ego and Gain Wisdom with Ven. Robina Courtin Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing completely that happiness and suffering come from "out there." But "everything we experience is our own karmic appearance," says Lama Zopa Rinpoche. "Everything is made up by our own minds." By understanding emptiness — that everything occurs in dependence upon...
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
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by Karuna Cayton
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Ask The Buddhist Therapist with Karuna Cayton Karuna Cayton, long-time Buddhist practitioner, therapist and author of The Misleading Mind presents interactive teachings and extended Q&A sessions on modern psychology versus Buddhist psychology. Interactive Live Stream Class. Friday, January 27, 2017: Introduction Friday, April 7, 2017: Anxiety Thursday, May 11, 2017: Anxiety Thursday, June 29, 2017: Loss and Grief Thursday, September 21, 2017: Depression Thursday, October 26, 2017:...
Topics: dharma, Karuna Cayton
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Mind and its Potential with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 12 – February 9, 2016 (5 classes) ​Examine what is “mind,” its nature and function, and how it affects our experience of happiness and suffering. Come explore the differentiation between mind and brain, mind as the creator of our experiences, and the implications of possessing a mind that has no beginning and no end. In addition, learn methods to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes...
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Getting to Nirvana with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 6 – February 10, 2015 (5 classes) In this Discovering Buddhism class, we will explore the natures of samsara and nirvana , investigate the source of our problems and dissatisfaction, and learn how to move toward attaining a lasting state of peace and happiness. The terms samsara and nirvana describe how life is, and how it could be. We are all stuck in samsara — our lives seem to be an endless cycle...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Glenn Mullin
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The Tantric Path with Glenn Mullin May 7, 1999
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven René Feusi
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Meditation on The Seven-Point Instruction on Mind Training by Geshe Chekawa with Ven. René Feusi Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00am  –  5:00pm Sunday, October 14, 10:00am  –  5:00pm Homage to great compassion These instructions handed down by Serlingpa, Help us transform the problems in these degenerate times Into factors supporting our progress to enlightenment In this way they are similar to a diamond, the sun, and a medicinal tree POINT 1: GROUNDWORK First, do the groundwork....
Topics: dharma, Ven René Feusi
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by Ven Tenzin Namjong
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The Essence of a Human Life — Words of Advice for the Lay Practitioner with Ven. Tenzin Namjong Saturdays, August 22 – September 12, 2020 (four sessions) 9:00am – 10:30am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) 9:30pm – 11:00pm IST (Indian Standard Time) This devotional poem written in the fourteenth century by Lama Tsongkhapa focuses particularly on the practices of the initial scope practitioner: precious human life, impermanence, death, and karma. Venerable Tenzin Namjong will give a commentary...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Namjong
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Tubten Pende
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Perfection of Meditation from Master Shantideva's Bodhisattva Way of Life with Tubten Pende Fridays, June 7, 21, 28, July 12, 26, 2013 7:00pm - 8:30pm How do bodhisattvas meditate? In his renowned text, The Way of the Bodhisattva, Shantideva provides a guide to meditation through equalizing and exchanging self with others. Consequently, this instruction has become fundamental for the training of the mind in altruism and the bodhisattva vehicle. Whether we are ready for the yogi's life or not,...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
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by Rob Preece
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The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra with Rob Preece Monday, September 2, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm Please join Rob Preece as he explores how we can enable the profound tradition of Tantra to become beneficial and accessible to the western psychological nature. Rob Preece has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for the past 40 years. He was a founding member of Manjushri Institute in the UK and lived there until 1980 when he went into retreat above Dharamsala on the guidance of Lama Yeshe and Zopa...
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
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by Rob Preece
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Feeling Wisdom Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings and Western Psychology with Rob Preece Monday, September 7, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm Our lives are frequently dominated by feelings and strong emotions. However, we receive conflicting information on how to deal with them. Even the Buddhist teachings seem to contradict themselves on this question: Are all our emotions fundamentally flawed and need to be counteracted with antidotes? Or can we rely on tantric methods to transform our...
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
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by Don Isaacson
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Buddhism in a Nutshell with Don Isaacson Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm January 11 – February 1, 2016 This is an introductory course that provides a general overview of basic Buddhist philosophy for complete beginners or a “refresher” for those who have some experience. It does not assume that those who come for this course know anything at all about Buddhism or about meditation.  Anyone is welcome to attend who is interested in learning something about Buddhism in its various forms...
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by Ven Losang Gendun
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Vipassana Retreat with a Bodhisattva Motivation with Ven. Losang Gendun Saturday, June 6, 2015 12:00pm - 4:30pm The Buddha called Vipassana the heart of his teachings. Also known as Insight Meditation this is the practice that connects all the major Buddhist traditions. Although mindfulness is often singled out in the modern Western context, the traditional texts describe a multidimensional approach flanking this mental tool by profoundly human capacities such as introspective awareness,...
Topics: dharma, Ven Losang Gendun
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by Ven Katy Cole
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Lamrim Year Meditation with Ven. Katy Cole Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm September 6 – December 13, 2021 The lamrim, stages of the path, is a core topic of study in our Buddhist tradition.  The lamrim provides a concise and easily graspable picture of the Buddhist path.  Transformation comes not only from study, but from thinking about the topics and doing analytical meditation on them, to make them a part of our lives. Venerable Katy will help us to deepen our lamrim understanding through...
Topics: dharma, Ven Katy Cole
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by Tubten Pende
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From Egoism to Altruism with Tubten Pende July 7,1999
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Glen Svensson
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Nature of the Mind with Glen Svensson November 14 – 15, 2014 What is the nature of the mind? And why do we need to understand and realize this? Currently we are the slaves of our mind – dominated by mental afflictions such as anger, craving and confusion and often overwhelmed by negative thoughts, emotions and memories. And as such we experience a lot of dissatisfaction and suffering in our life. By coming to realize the conventional nature of our mind – that our mind is clear and knowing...
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by Ven Angie Muir
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Medicine Buddha Puja with Ven. Angie Muir Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:00pm–3:30pm The Medicine Buddha represents an extremely powerful form of enlightened energy. The practices of Medicine Buddha are efficacious in healing and helping one to accomplish one’s goals successfully and can be of benefit to someone who is ill or who has died.
Topics: dharma, Ven Angie Muir
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by Tubten Pende
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A Letter to a Friend by Nagarjuna with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am - 12:45pm May 17, 2015 June 14 July 12 August 9 September 13 October 11 November 8 December 13 This letter consists of 123 verses of advice to a friend, a king, by Nagarjuna. This text is important for being a recognized work by one of the foremost Buddhist masters of ancient India, who was predicted by the Buddha to be his champion of his middle-way philosophy. More importantly, it represents practical advice on how to...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
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by Ven René Feusi
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Mahayana Mindfulness with Venerable René Feusi Monday, April 1, 2013 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Venerable René Feusi will comment on the chapter on Mindfulness in Shantideva’s Bodhisattva Way of Life: To guard one’s practice is impossible without guarding the mind attentively but if the mind is bound with mindfulness, everything becomes possible. For a skilled bodhisattva, each moment is transformed into virtue. S/he will do all actions for others’ benefit, and dedicate them towards...
Topics: dharma, Ven René Feusi
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm August 18 – September 22, 2015 No class on September 8 (5 classes) In this module, we will learn what Buddhist tantra is, how it works, and some of the main elements of tantric practice. We will get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra, learn how to practice simple tantric methods, and discuss how to integrate the practices of tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results. We will also...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Transforming Problems with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm Sep 3, 10, 17; Oct 1, 15, 22, 29; ​Nov 5 (8 classes) In this Discovering Buddhism Module, we will look at ways to transform our thoughts, using methods known as mind training.  We will look at the source of our problems, and in doing that we can reduce them, and actually transform them into the causes for our own happiness. This in turn, leads to our ability to cherish and support others more...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Emily Hsu
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Experiencing the Lamrim with Emily Hsu Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm September 11, 2014 – April 30, 2015   The purpose of listening to the Dharma is to transform our hearts and minds, and not merely to gain intellectual knowledge. For the Dharma to be useful, for it to relieve our problems and suffering, it needs to move from our head to our heart. We need to gain inner experience of the teachings, and then to make that stable. To do this we need to meditate on the various topics of the path....
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by Ven Angie Muir
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Prostration Mantra OM NAMO MANJUSHRIYE / NAMAH SUSHRIYE / NAMA UTTAMA SHRIYE SVAHA (3x) Refuge and Bodhichitta Prayer SANG GYÄ CHHÖ DANG TSHOG KYI CHHOG NAM LA      I go for refuge until I am enlightened JANG CHHUB BAR DU DAG NI KYAB SU CHHI      To the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Supreme Assembly. DAG GI JIN SOG GYI PÄ SÖ NAM GYI      By my practice of giving and other perfections, DRO LA PHÄN CHHIR SANG GYÄ DRUB PAR SHOG      May I become a buddha to benefit all...
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by Geshe Thubten Sherab
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Geshe Thubten Sherab at Ocean of Compassion 2017 Geshe Thubten Sherab visited Ocean of Compassion for one week of teachings. Schedule Friday, 4/14 ​7:00pm–9:00pm: Understanding the Eight Worldly Dharmas Saturday, 4/15 10:00am–5:00pm: Shantideva's Bodhisattva Way of Life — Patience Sunday, 4/16 10:00am–11:00am: ​Sunday Meditation 11:00am–12:30pm: Easter Sunday Dharma Talk Tuesday, 4/18 7:00pm–9:00pm: Diamond Cutter Sutra “As a star, a visual aberration, a lamp, an illusion,...
Topics: dharma, Geshe Thubten Sherab
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by Don Handrick
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Eight Steps to a Happy Life with Don Handrick Saturday and Sunday, May 2–3, 2020 10:00am–12:00pm: Morning Session (with short tea break) 12:00pm–1:30pm: Lunch Break 1:30pm–2:30pm: Teaching 2:30pm–3:00pm: Tea Break 3:00pm–4:00pm: Teaching The Noble Eightfold Path is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha and still has great relevance today, providing us with effective guidelines for how to live our lives and develop spiritually. In this weekend course we will explore these...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
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by Karuna Cayton
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The Misleading Mind , Using Buddhist Methods to Solve Our Problems with Karuna Cayton Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm July 30 – August 20, 2013 (a workshop in four sessions) Join psychotherapist Karuna Cayton in this engaging workshop over four weeks that is appropriate for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Karuna will share insights and tools from his book, The Misleading Mind, to help free us from the prison of our problems. We each have the potential to transform our suffering into...
Topics: dharma, Karuna Cayton
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by Ven. Robina Courtin
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Discovering Buddhism: Presenting the Path with Ven. Robina Courtin Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm November 3 – December 8, 2020 (6 classes) In this course you will gain a clear idea of the path to enlightenment, especially its three main components: renunciation, bodhichitta, and the right view of emptiness. You will understand the progressive, step-like structure of the Lamrim, its origin in the teachings of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, the three scopes, where you fit at your present stage of...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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Finding True Happiness Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche Sunday, November 15, 2015 4:00pm – 6:00pm Rinpoche speaks on the true causes of happiness and how to achieve a lasting state of peace and inner well-being. This is an incredible blessing for all of us to be able to meet and receive teachings from such a highly realized being. Rinpoche gives the lung for the Kshitigarbha long mantra.  He also confers Refuge and the five Lay Precepts at the end of the public talk.
Topics: dharma, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Tubten Pende
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Finding Satisfaction with Tubten Pende Sunday, April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm The experience of satisfaction is important for us. We know what dissatisfaction feels like and we do not like it. We follow the advice others give us on how to find satisfaction but there is always something missing. Is true satisfaction a myth? Tubten Pende, a.k.a. Jim Dougherty, has been a practicing Buddhist since 1972 when he was introduced to Tibetan Buddhism in India. Pende has studied extensively and was...
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by Sera Lachi Monks
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Chittamani Tara Puja with Sera Lachi Monks Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm Five monks from Sera Lachi (the combined monasteries of Sera Me and Sera Je in India) are on a World Peace Tour in the United States, performing prayers and rituals to benefit all living beings. They are currently in the area and have kindly agreed to perform a Chittamani Tara Puja at our center. The Geshes will perform the puja in Tibetan. Join us at this auspicious event and share in the positive energy created....
Topics: dharma, Chittamani Tara Puja, Sera Lachi Monks
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Presenting the Path with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm April 12 – May 24, 2016 no class on May 10 (6 classes) Module 3 of the Discovering Buddhism series, “Presenting the Path”, introduces the lam-rim , or the stages of the path to enlightenment. The lam-rim gives an overview of the entire path of the Buddha’s teachings and presents it in a logical, sequential way. We can see how all of the various teachings and methods of the Buddha fit together so that we...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Emily Hsu
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Bodhisattva Activity — the Six Perfections with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm October 20 – December 8, 2015 (7 classes) What does a bodhisattva, or an aspiring bodhisattva, do? Once we decide we want to attain enlightenment in order to benefit others, then what? How/what do we practice?  The main practice of a bodhisattva, a compassionate warrior, is the six perfections: generosity, ethical discipline, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom. By developing these to their...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Scott Tusa
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Calm Body, Clear Mind with Scott Tusa Friday, April 12, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:00pm – 5:00pm "To stop your mind does not mean to stop the activities of mind. It means your mind pervades your whole body." – Shunryu Suzuki   Join us for an evening talk on enhancing your meditation through the body and if you wish to experience the meditations, continue with the half-day meditation retreat.  Meditation happens in the body.  But, in our quest for more...
Topics: dharma, Scott Tusa
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by Jon Landaw
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How do Things Exist? with Jon Landaw Sunday, April 7, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm The wisdom teachings of Buddha declare the mistaken view that "things exist from their own side" is the source of all problems. Join us as Jon Landaw explores: . What "existing from their own side" means . Why this view is mistaken . How this mistaken view creates suffering, and . How we can begin to overcome it.
Topics: dharma, Jon Landaw
Discovering Buddhism: How Things Exist – Wisdom of Emptiness with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm June 2 – June 30, 2015 (5 classes) The Buddha said that all of our problems are ultimately rooted in a misunderstanding of how things actually exist. This class will explore the nature of reality and how things really exist – emptiness – which is necessary if we want to end our problems forever. Take this opportunity to enhance your ability to bring about this realization, and learn...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: How to Meditate with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm February 23 – March 29, 2016 (5 classes) no class on March 1 In module 2 of the Discovering Buddhism series, "How to Meditate", we find out what meditation is and what it is for.  Learn how to sit, how to set up a meditation session, the two types of meditation - stabilizing and analytical - and the purpose of each, different meditation techniques and objects, and how to deal with obstacles to...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Introduction to Contemplative Practice: ​The Four Immeasurable Thoughts with Ven. Thubten Khadro Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm March 24 – April 21, 2021 ​(5 sessions) ​All times are PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). ​​This series will include meditations to settle, calm and quiet the mind and contemplative meditations to open the heart. For the latter, we will use the Four Immeasurable Thoughts of Equanimity, Loving/Kindness, Compassion and Joy.
Topics: dharma, Ven Thubten Khadro
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Discovering Buddhism: Establishing a Daily Practice with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm September 9 – October 7, 2014 (5 classes)      Learn how to establish a daily practice at home, including all of the important elements to proceed along the path. This course will include the following topics: How to set up an altar and do the preparatory practices The three parts of a balanced practice Shakyamuni Buddha practice Why purification and accumulation of merit are important How to...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Jon Landaw
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What does it mean to practice dharma? with Jon Landaw Sunday, March 23, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm We often hear how the only way to make our lives meaningful is by "practicing dharma." But what exactly does that phrase mean? Is it referring to certain rituals such as performing prostrations, circumambulating stupas and making mandala offerings? Or does it mean reading scriptural texts and meditating on their meaning? What about ordinary everyday activities such as eating, drinking and...
Topics: dharma, Jon Landaw
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by Tubten Pende
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The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am - 12:45pm January 12, 2014 February 9 March 9 April 13 May 11 June 8 July 13 August 10 The text "The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas" is a practical and inspiring guide for developing our ability to be happy and benefit others by overcoming disturbing emotions. Bodhisattvas respond to difficult situations in a constructive way by understanding the nature of reality. Through the practice of cherishing...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
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by Rob Preece
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Entering the Path of Tantra with Rob Preece Mondays, September 2 and 9, 2019 ​7:00pm –​ 9:00pm Rob will introduce the "3 principles of the path" that are often seen as the foundation for tantric practice. He will also look at where the Tantric tradition fits within the broader context of Buddhist teachings and why it is such a significance way of practice.
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
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by Ven Robina Courtin
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Cause and Effect with Ven Robina Courtin September 18, 1999
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm July 1 – 22, 2014 (4 classes) Although death is inevitable, rarely do we spend time preparing for it. According to the teachings of the Buddha, it is possible to die fearlessly, to approach death as a powerful positive spiritual experience, and to eventually overcome death completely. In the Discovering Buddhism "Death and Rebirth" module, we will explore how to face death without fear by learning...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Discovering Buddhism: Developing Bodhicitta, the Courage of Compassion with Ven. Lobsang Chokyi Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm June 4 - July 2, 2013 (5 classes) Learn the methods to generate the powerful minds of loving kindness, compassion and bodhicitta. Bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, is considered to be the heart of Buddha's teachings. Without developing this brave mind, one cannot attain enlightenment itself. This class explores this mind and the...
Topics: dharma, Ven Lobsang Chokyi
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by Guy Newland
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Emptiness and Dependent Arising with Guy Newland Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm We suffer needlessly because we do not see things as they are. But in the Dharma things are shown to be empty. Is emptiness some sort of mystical nothingness? Or just another way to say that all things are connected? But in that case, why call it "emptiness?"  Emptiness seems to be a daunting topic, but liberation depends on deep familiarity with it. Here is a starting...
Topics: dharma, Guy Newland
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by Ven Robina Courtin
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The Roadmap to Happiness with Ven. Robina Courtin Tuesday, November 24, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm We all want to be happy and avoid suffering.  Ven. Robina gives us a roadmap to achieve this goal based on the Lamrim (Stages of the Path) teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. This roadmap contains all the instructions to attain both temporal happiness and ultimate freedom from suffering.  It is a proven method which has been practiced by past great masters to achieve the supreme goal of Buddhahood.
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm March 24 – May 19, 2020 (no class April 28) (8 classes) Learn the definition of tantra, how tantra works and why it is a powerful form of practice. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn how to practice simple Kriya tantric methods. In addition, find out how to integrate the practices of tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results. Recommended book: “Introduction to...
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Tenzin Ösel Hita
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Public Talk on One Big Love with Tenzin Ösel Hita Saturday, August 10, 2019 1:00pm – 2:30pm You are invited to a special talk with Tenzin Ösel Hita who is the officially recognized reincarnation of Lama Yeshe, the founder of FPMT. Tenzin Ösel is also a former monk, a film-maker, a father, a skilled musician and a source of deep spiritual and practical inspiration to many worldwide.
Topics: dharma, Tenzin Ösel Hita
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Choden Rinpoche
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Three Principal Aspects of the Path H. E. Choden Rinpoche Friday, June 14, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm We are greatly honored that His Eminence Choden Rinpoche has accepted to teach at Ocean of Compassion. Rinpoche will give a commentary on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Lama Tsongkhapa. The three aspects refers to cultivation of renunciation, bodhicitta and the correct view of emptiness. Born in 1933 in Eastern Tibet, Choden Rinpoche was recognized at age three as an important incarnate...
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Discovering Buddhism: Transforming Problems into Happiness with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm March 31 – April 28, 2015 (5 classes) In this Discovering Buddhism Module, we will explore how to use mind training techniques to transform problems into happiness, discover the source of our problems and thereby reduce them. We will see how problems can be transformed into causes for our own happiness and, in turn, lead to our ability to cherish and support others more naturally and...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Expanding our Heart — Bodhicitta with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm February 17 – March 24, 2015 no class March 17 (5 classes) Learn the methods to generate the powerful minds of loving kindness, compassion and bodhicitta. Bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, is considered to be the heart of Buddha’s teachings. Without developing this brave mind, one cannot attain enlightenment itself. This class explores this mind and how...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Robina Courtin
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On Being Human with Ven Robina Courtin April 20, 1999
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Don Isaacson
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The Foundation of Buddhist Practice with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm May 16 – 30, 2019 June 27 July 11 August 29 –September 12 October 3 ,  17, 2 4, November 7 November 21 December 5 –19 January 9 –30, 2020 February 20 –27 April 2 –23 May 7 –June 25 In this class we will study the second of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s series of books intended for Western and contemporary Asian students.  The first book gave a way to approach the Buddhist Path. This second volume...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm September 26 – November 14, 2017 (6 classes) ​ no class on October 17 and November 7 Learn the meaning of tantra, how tantra works, and why it is a powerful form of practice if done with the right foundation of understanding and practice. Get a broad overview of the distinction between sutra and tantra, the four classes of tantra and the meaning of deity yoga. In addition, find out how to...
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Emily Hsu
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Basic Program: 'Patience Chapter' of Shantideva with Emily Hsu                  Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm (meditation from 6:15-6:45 pm) May 9 - November 7, 2013 In this class, we will continue with Shantideva's classic text "Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds" on bodhicitta and the six perfections.  This term will focus on Chapter 6, Shantideva's brilliant and useful teachings on the practice of patience - how to counteract anger and impatience and remain undisturbed in...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Tubten Pende
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The Meaning of Blessings with Tubten Pende September 20, 2000
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Robina Courtin
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When the Chocolate Runs Out with Ven. Robina Courtin Friday, August 18, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm We love chocolate. Perhaps so much so that on some level we may believe, "As long as I have chocolate, I'll be happy." This is the power of attachment at work. And based on this attachment, we create a chocolate-based philosophy and order our life prioritizing chocolate. But sometimes, we can't get our hands on any chocolate. And when the chocolate disappears, we get nervous, upset: "Oh...
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Thubten Chodron
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Finding Happiness through Wisdom with Ven. Thubten Chodron Sunday, October 23, 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm We all want to be happy. But how do we find happiness?     Ven. Thubten Chodron will speak on the causes of our dissatisfaction, re-defining success, happiness and love. Contentment cannot be found in external objects but through the wisdom of realizing our true nature. She will help us investigate this true nature of who we are, this “me” and its relationship to our surroundings.  From...
Topics: dharma, Ven Thubten Chodron
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Rob Preece
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Approaching Mahamudra with Rob Preece Monday, February 26 ​7:00pm  –​  9:00pm Join us for this special teaching on the profound Mahamudra meditation.  Relax into the emptiness, luminosity and awareness of our ever-present nature of the Buddha mind.  Take a break from the mind that is most often caught up in the entanglement of ordinary, conceptual projections.  The meaning of Mahamudra is found in its name.  Maha  means “great” and  mudra  means “symbol” or...
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Sangye Khadro
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Meditation 101 with Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm May 3 – 31, 2021 ​(5 classes) ​​Buddhist Meditation 101 is an introductory course to Buddhist meditation. It is suitable for people encountering both meditation and Buddhism for the first time, as well as for people who have done some meditation in other traditions but would like to know more about how meditation is practiced in Tibetan Buddhism. It provides an overview of meditation in general and...
Topics: dharma, Ven Sangye Khadro
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Amy Miller
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Making Friends with Death: Finding Peace and Perspective in this Ultimate Transition with Ven. Amy Miller Thursday, March 5, 2020 7:00pm – 9:00pm For most of our culture, death often presents an anxious situation ridden with fear, loss, hopelessness and grief. Explore a more expansive view of this natural transition and how it is possible to face death with peace, dignity and no regrets. Discussion and meditation included along with practical applications for caregivers. Open to all levels of...
Topics: dharma, Ven Amy Miller
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Tenzin Chogkyi
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Deconstructing the Ego to Reconstruct the Self with Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm Is it OK to have a healthy ego? What part of "me" am I trying to give up? And who am I, anyway? Everyone has a natural tendency to focus on "me" - my body, my feelings, and my thoughts. This focus has played a critical role in keeping each of us safe, alive and fed... and in developing our ego construct - the story we tell ourselves about who we are. But there comes...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Chogkyi
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
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Neuroscience and Dharma: Lojong to Train the Habitual Reptile Mind with Amy Barton-Cayton Thursday, May 8, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm All recent science about the brain confirms the ancient wisdom of Buddhism's knowing about the mind. Even when we know better, our habitual thoughts trap us in a cycle of thinking that is harmful to ourselves and others. This class focuses on a dharma inspired tool for changing your brain to support what your mind already knows through practice about shifting unhelpful...
Topics: dharma, Amy Cayton
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Tubten Pende
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Key to the Middle Way with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am - 12:45pm September 14, 2014 October 12 November 9 January 11, 2015 February 8 March 8 April 12 The wisdom of ultimate reality is the actual antidote to the addictive emotions that keep us bound to the vicious circle of death and rebirth. It also eliminates the obstacles to knowledge that prevent the direct perception of all aspects of reality. Consequently, the Buddha taught how to cultivate this wisdom and his successors have provided...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Jon Landaw
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What does it mean to practice dharma? Part Two with Jon Landaw Sunday, May 4, 2014 11:15am - 12:45pm In this stand-alone talk, we will continue to explore what "practicing dharma" really means. In Part One we concentrated mainly on becoming aware of, and then refraining from buying into, destructive habit patterns and the mistaken attitudes that motivate them. This week, after a brief summary of that initial approach, we will explore the more pro-active approach of cultivating...
Topics: dharma, Jon Landaw
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Karuna Cayton and Jon Landaw
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Reflections on the Lamas with Karuna Cayton and Jon Landaw Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm December 2 – 9, 2014 In Tibetan Buddhism, the life stories of Buddhist masters have always been a source of inspiration.  They can serve as examples and show what is possible for a true practitioner. Both Karuna Cayton and Jon Landaw have been long-time students of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche , and they have kindly agreed to share their stories on two Tuesday evenings in December: Tuesday, December...
Topics: dharma, Karuna Cayton, Jon Landaw
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Don Isaacson
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Applying Buddhism to Our Daily Life with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm July 16 – August 6, 2015 In this class, we will discuss how to use Buddhist methods to better deal with the challenges that arise in daily life. Various techniques for reducing and eliminating difficult emotions will be presented which can help us maintain a more peaceful state of mind. We will also explore the causes of pain and suffering according to Buddhism and how to ultimately overcome them and achieve a...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Tubten Pende
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Guide to the Middle Way with Tubten Pende October 12, 2000 October 26, 2000
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Rob Preece
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Mahamudra: Meditation on the Nature of Mind with Rob Preece Monday, February 29, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm Most of our time we are caught up in the entanglement of our ordinary conceptual mind. This gives us very little peace and happiness. When we go beneath this ordinary mind in meditation we discover the deeper mind’s innate clarity, spaciousness and radiance. This has always been there but we need to taste its nature to feel its potential for peace and liberation.
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: All About Karma with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm August 21 - September 25, 2018  (6 classes) ​ Karma is one of the most misunderstood topics in Eastern Philosophy and yet it is essential to understand if one seeks the true nature of reality.  We see things, the world and those around us, as if they are there independently.  This is opposite the truth.  The law of cause and effect, karma, helps to understand and unravel our misperceptions of the...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Don Isaacson
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Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm July 2, 2020 – April 1, 2021 no class on August 6 and 20 no class on November 26 (Thanksgiving Day) no class on December 24 and 31 In this class we will study the third of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s series of books intended for Western and contemporary Asian students.  The first book gave a way to approach the Buddhist Path, and the second volume described the foundation of Buddhist practice. While...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson